For anyone who has experienced a loose dental implant, it can be scary. And you may be filled with uncertainty about what to do. The question “what if my dental implant gets loose?” is one you or a loved one may have experienced. We’re going to look more into this issue.
What if My Dental Implant Gets Loose?
Although most people who have received dental implants don’t experience issues, there are those who do. First, we need to understand the dental implant. The dental implant replaces the structure of your tooth which includes the root. Osseointegration is when your jawbone fuses to the implant. This process will in turn provide a good foundation.
What are the Signs of a Loose Dental Implant?
1. You feel the implant moving
3. You can’t chew very well
4. Problems biting down
5. Gums that are swollen around the implant
6. The implant has come out
You may be wondering why it came loose. One of the causes can be infection. Peri-implantitis causes bone loss and may require removal of the dental implant. Good oral hygiene is important to keeping your implant in good condition.
Bone loss can also cause the dental implant to have issues. This can happen when it doesn’t have good support, and you may need to have bone grafting as recommended by your oral surgeon. Structural problems can also arise with an implant. The screw (the part that connects your crown to the implant itself) may loosen in some rare cases.
Another reason for an implant becoming loose is that the metal may break or fracture under extreme stress. This includes the abutment which is what connects the crown to the root implant. If either this or the crown has issues, it can usually be fixed. However, if the implant is fractured, your oral surgeon will have to replace the one that is broken with a new one.
How Can I Keep My Implants Healthy?
1. Good oral hygiene
2. Don’t smoke, as this can lead to problems with your implant
3. Don’t chew on hard things such as ice
4. Visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups every 6 months
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to contact your oral surgeon. They will determine the exact cause and the best way to fix the problem.